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New test predicts flowering results

In several ornamentals there is insufficient certainty about the flowering results. Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture and NSure have investigated whether flowering results can be improved with the development of molecular tests. In crops such as snowball (Viburnum opulus ’Roseum’), Hydrangea, azalea and Syringa flower buds go into winter dormancy in autumn. Flowering results of these crops can be improved when it is possible to measure when winter dormancy is sufficiently broken to force these crops successfully. Present methods have not been able to provide a reliable prediction. NSure technology proved to be the solution for this problem.   In collaboration with the Product board for Horticulture and Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture a molecular NSure test has been developed for Viburnum opulus. The molecular NSure test has been successfully tested in practical trials and is available as of September 2012. NSure is still looking for funding for the development of comparable tests for other ornamental shrubs, such as Hydrangea.

More information on the research project that resulted in the new test can be found in:
- Vakblad voor de Bloemisterij